Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Mike Finoia

Greetings, Dead Freaks!
This episode features a great conversation with comedian, writer, and podcast host, Mike Finoia. Mike hosts the Amigos podcast which is also a member of the Osiris network. He is also, of course, a Deadhead. We talk about his work on the show Impractical Jokers, his stand-up comedy, and his early exposure to the Grateful Dead.

After that, we spin some killer tracks from 1974.

You can find Mike Finoia's calendar of live appearances on his website, https://mikefinoia.com. There, you'll also find links to his podcast which is also available via iTunes and all of your favorite podcast apps.

Mike also appears along with your host as a guest on the most recent episode of film & television podcast, Welcome To The Party Pal. We discuss the career of Bill Paxton and have quite a few laughs. Be sure to check that out.

The Brokedown Podcast is part of the Osiris Podcast Network. Osiris is creating a community that connects people like you with podcasts and live experiences about artists and topics you love. Sign up for the newsletter at OsirisPod.com to stay in the loop. Also,  Osiris works in partnership with JamBase, which connects music fans with the music they love and empowers them to go see live music. Check them out at JamBase.com.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Chris Forsyth

Greetings, Dead Freaks! This week we go deep with guitar player, Chris Forsyth. We talk about his career up to now, his studies with Television's Richard Lloyd, and Chris' new album on No Quarter Records, All Time Present (available from noquarter.net and bandcamp.)  Along the way, we dip into the album for a couple of clips and then spin a full cut after the chat before we get into some Garcia and Grateful Dead jams.

The album came out in mid-April, and there are shows on the horizon– including some with previous BdPod guests, Garcia Peoples. Be sure to keep an eye on Chris' website, https://thechrisforsyth.com/, for details.

If you dig the album, he's got more. I recommend any of the "Solar Motel Band" records. You can also find some terrific live recordings from our friends over at NYCTaper.com. Scroll down after the jump for a great clip of Chris Forsyth and drummer, Ryan Jewell joining Garcia Peoples for a ripping cover of The Other One.

The Brokedown Podcast is part of the Osiris Podcast Network. Osiris is creating a community that connects people like you with podcasts and live experiences about artists and topics you love. Sign up for the newsletter at OsirisPod.com to stay in the loop. Also,  Osiris works in partnership with JamBase, which connects music fans with the music they love and empowers them to go see live music. Check them out at JamBase.com.

Don't forget to follow the @BrokedownPod twitter account for regular news, live tweetstorms of shows as I listen, and other minutiae. We also have an Instagram account with the same handle. If you like pictures of things, you can find that here: BrokedownPod Instagram. Also, if you use iTunes, please consider posting a review as it really help get the word out.

Also, please keep sending your metaphorical cards and letters. Leave a comment on the blog or hit me up on any of the above social media. Let me know what I'm doing right, wrong, or horribly wrong.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

UK Dead with The Grateful Dudes

Hey there, Dead Freaks! We're back with a new episode. This one features a chat with Richard Hill, guitarist for The Grateful Dudes, an English Grateful Dead tribute band. Richard shares a bit about coming up as a Deadhead in England and tells us all about the Wembley Arena shows in 1990. We get to hear a bit of his band and then a whole bunch of Grateful Dead from the 1990 Europe tour.

Please check out their website http://gratefuldudes.co.uk/ to learn about when and where they will be playing if you are in or will be visiting the UK. You can also check out some live recordings through the site or on their Bandcamp or YouTube pages.

Once again, let me remind you that the Brokedown Podcast is part of the Osiris Podcast Network. Osiris is creating a community that connects people like you with podcasts and live experiences about artists and topics you love. Sign up for the newsletter at OsirisPod.com to stay in the loop. Also,  Osiris works in partnership with JamBase, which connects music fans with the music they love and empowers them to go see live music. Check them out at JamBase.com.

Don't forget to follow the @BrokedownPod twitter account for regular news, live tweetstorms of shows as I listen, and other minutiae. We also have an Instagram account with the same handle. If you like pictures of things, you can find that here: BrokedownPod Instagram. Also, if you use iTunes, please consider posting a review as it really help get the word out.

Also, please keep sending your metaphorical cards and letters. Leave a comment on the blog or hit me up on any of the above social media. Let me know what I'm doing right, wrong, or horribly wrong.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Bonus Ep1 - Brokedown Goes Beyond

Hey there, Dead Freaks!

No real episode this week but you can hear me join Brian and David on Beyond The Pond for their 60th episode. This go-round they set Phish aside to discuss The Grateful Dead. We take a look at the Dark Star from Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, MO on 1973-10-30. This Dark Star is deep and groovy and, in true Beyond The Pond fashion, we use it as a springboard to explore other artists and their music. Be sure to head over to their website or point your podcast app to their show and consider subscribing. They cover a tons of great music with every episode.


After that, return here, to Brokedown Pod, where I’ve got a treat for you. We’re spinning the entire Dark Star from 1973-10-30 along with a sublime Stella Blue and a terrific version of Eyes of The World and more. Scroll down for the player and keep scrolling for the full track listing below.


Meanwhile, allow me to remind you that the Brokedown Podcast is part of the Osiris podcast network. Osiris is creating a community that connects people like you with podcasts and live experiences about artists and topics you love. To stay up to date on what we’re up to, visit Osirispod.com and sign up for our newsletter. Osiris works in partnership with JamBase, which connects music fans with the music they love and empowers them to go see live music.

The late Kiel Auditorium
Don't forget to follow the @BrokedownPod twitter account for regular news, live tweetstorms of shows as I listen, and other minutiae. We also have an Instagram account with the same handle. If you like pictures of things, you can find that here: BrokedownPod Instagram. Also, if you use iTunes, please consider posting a review as it really help get the word out.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

041 - Elkhorn

Greetings, Dead Freaks! This go-round we present to you Drew Gardner and Jesse Sheppard who make up the group, Elkhorn. These guys make terrific, improvisational, instrumental music that I think will be well worth your time. They come on and chat at length about their two new albums, Sun Cycle and Elk Jam (both to be released on April 12 via Feeding Tube Records). The conversation inevitably steers toward Grateful Dead and we discuss some of their favorite Dead jams.

Along with the conversation, we get to hear a taste from each of their new records, and then we spin some killer Grateful Dead jams.

In support of their new records, Elkhorn is hitting the road in April. They're playing a few dates as the head out to the Milwaukee Psych Fest (where they'll join previous Brokedown Pod guests, Dire Wolves and Garcia Peoples) followed by a few more back East.

Wednesday 4/10 - Bloomington IL - Reverberation Vinyl 
Thursday 4/11 - Minneapolis MN - Assembly 
Saturday 4/13 - Milwaukee WI at Milwaukee Psych Fest and Acme Records 
Sunday 4/14 - Chicago IL - Elastic Arts 
Monday 4/15 - Cleveland OH - Maple Lanes 
Tuesday 4/16 - Philadelphia PA - The Rotunda 
Wednesday 4/17 - Washington DC - Right Proper Brewery 
Thursday 4/18 - New York NY - Nublu

Elkhorn - Sun CycleElkhorn - Elk Jam


Once again, let me remind you that the Brokedown Podcast is part of the Osiris Podcast Network. Osiris is creating a community that connects people like you with podcasts and live experiences about artists and topics you love. Sign up for the newsletter at OsirisPod.com to stay in the loop. Also,  Osiris works in partnership with JamBase, which connects music fans with the music they love and empowers them to go see live music. Check them out at JamBase.com.

Don't forget to follow the @BrokedownPod twitter account for regular news, live tweetstorms of shows as I listen, and other minutiae. We also have an Instagram account with the same handle. If you like pictures of things, you can find that here: BrokedownPod Instagram. Also, if you use iTunes, please consider posting a review as it really help get the word out.

Also, please keep sending your metaphorical cards and letters. Leave a comment on the blog or hit me up on any of the above social media. Let me know what I'm doing right, wrong, or horribly wrong.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

040 - Three Nights in '73

Hey there, Dead Freaks!

This go 'round we're looking back forty-six years to March, 1973. The Grateful Dead played three shows at the Nassau Veteran's Memorial on March 15, 16, & 19. These kicked off a short East Coast tour spanning from Boston to Baltimore and really gave them a chance to stretch the fairly new Wake of The Flood material debuted in February of that year.

There's not a lot of fooling around on this episode. I run down some highlights from the shows and then play two sets of great tunes. So, sit down or stand up and prepare to get down to some good old Grateful Dead!

As mentioned on the show, for a limited time and at reduced prices, you can still grab t-shirts, mugs (travel & otherwise), and stickers over on the Redbubble site. Get them while you can!

Once again, let me remind you that the Brokedown Podcast is part of the Osiris Podcast Network. Osiris is creating a community that connects people like you with podcasts and live experiences about artists and topics you love. Sign up for the newsletter at OsirisPod.com to stay in the loop.

Don't forget to follow the @BrokedownPod twitter account for regular news, live tweetstorms of shows as I listen, and other minutiae. We also have an Instagram account with the same handle. If you like pictures of things, you can find that here: BrokedownPod Instagram. Also, if you use iTunes, please consider posting a review as it really help get the word out.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

039 - Bill Payne of Little Feat

Greetings Dead Freaks!

On this episode we have Bill Payne of Little Feat as out special guest. He joins us to talk about Little Feat's 50th Anniversary Tour which is about to get underway. Fifty years is a long time but we look back at how it all began. We also spend some time discussing his time with Leftover Salmon and The Doobie Brothers as well as his stint in Phil & Friends.

After our chat we spin some Little Feat and Phil  Friends jams for your listening pleasure.

Many thanks to Bill for coming on and chatting with me. You can find ticket information for all of the following tourdates and more at LittleFeat.Net.
  • March 7, Thurs. Warner Theatre, Washington, DC
  • March 8, Fri. Beacon Theatre, New York City with the full Midnight
  • Ramble Band (Larry Campbell and Amy Helm)
  • March 9, Sat. Scottish Rite Auditorium, Collingswood, NJ
  • March 11, Mon. Harvester Performance Center, Rocky Mount, NC
  • March 12, Tues. Atlanta Symphony Hall, Atlanta, GA
  • March 13, Weds. Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, Asheville, NC
  • March 15, Fri. Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN
  • March 18, Mon. King Ctr. for the Performing Arts, Melbourne, FL
  • March 19, Tues. Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, FL with Buddy Guy
  • March 20, Weds. Florida Theatre, Jacksonville, FL
  • March 22, Fri. Pembroke Pines City Center, Pembroke Pines, FL
  • March 26-30 Melia Braco Village Resort, Trelawny, Jamaica with the Ramble Band and Lucinda Williams

As mentioned on the show, for a limited time and at reduced prices, you can still grab t-shirts, mugs (travel & otherwise), and stickers over on the Redbubble site. Get them while you can!

Once again, let me remind you that the Brokedown Podcast is part of the Osiris Podcast Network. Osiris is creating a community that connects people like you with podcasts and live experiences about artists and topics you love. Sign up for the newsletter at OsirisPod.com to stay in the loop.

Don't forget to follow the @BrokedownPod twitter account for regular news, live tweetstorms of shows as I listen, and other minutiae. We also have an Instagram account with the same handle. If you like pictures of things, you can find that here: BrokedownPod Instagram. Also, if you use iTunes, please consider posting a review as it really help get the word out.

Listen via iTunesGooglePlayStitcher, and Spotify. You can also listen in the player below.




Tuesday, February 12, 2019

038 - Garcia Peoples

Greetings Dead Freaks!

On this edition of BrokedownPod, we have Tom Malach, guitarist from the great band Garcia Peoples, joining us to talk about his band, their upcoming album, Natural Facts (available via Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records), and the Grateful Dead. These young guys bring a fresh ear to the two guitar indie rock sound, bending themes and melodies with a knowledgeable, psychedelic, intent. We've got some live stuff from one of their recent shows after the interview.

And after that, some terrific Grateful Dead.

Garcia Peoples like to play live and always have shows on deck. Coming up, they hit the road with LA Dead-cover jammers Grateful Shred for a number of shows.


  • Feb 26 Once Ballroom Somerville, MA w/ Grateful Shred
  • Feb 27 Garcia’s at The Cap in Port Chester, NY w/ Grateful Shred
  • Feb 28 Gypsy Sally’s in Washington DC w/ Grateful Shred
  • March 1 & 2 Brooklyn Bowl w/ Grateful Shred
  • March 3 Ardmore Music Hall, Ardmore PA w/ Grateful Shred



As mentioned on the show, for a limited time and at reduced prices, you can still grab t-shirts, mugs (travel & otherwise), and stickers over on the Redbubble site. Get them while you can!

Once again, let me remind you that the Brokedown Podcast is part of the Osiris Podcast Network. Osiris is creating a community that connects people like you with podcasts and live experiences about artists and topics you love. Sign up for the newsletter at OsirisPod.com to stay in the loop.

Don't forget to follow the @BrokedownPod twitter account for regular news, live tweetstorms of shows as I listen, and other minutiae. We also have an Instagram account with the same handle. If you like pictures of things, you can find that here: BrokedownPod Instagram. Also, if you use iTunes, please consider posting a review as it really help get the word out.

Also, please keep sending your metaphorical cards and letters. Leave a comment on the blog or hit me up on any of the above social media. Let me know what I'm doing right, wrong, or horribly wrong.

Listen via iTunesGooglePlayStitcher, and Spotify. You can also listen in the player below.




Tuesday, February 5, 2019

037 - Winter Tour '79 pt. 2

Welcome back, Dead Freaks!

In this episode we return to finish our look at the final shows of Keith and Donna. Winter '79 featured some good music but spotty coverage in the form of soundboard tapes. Fortunately, some of the audience recordings hold up and we even feature one such tape in the show. We've got some first set rockers and second set jammers on the decks.

Before we get down with that, we take a few minutes to celebrate the life and voice of Jerry Garcia Band vocalist, Gloria Jones, who passed last week. Joining Jerry's side band in Fall of 1984, she sang with him and for us until Jerry passed. She then carried on with Melvin and Jackie in JGB. Gloria will be missed and fondly remembered forever.

We've added some items to the redbubble shop. Additional t-shirts, hoodies, and whatnot can be found there and the prices have been reduced. Why lower prices? Because it's a final blow-out before I close out that shop and move on to the next phase of BrokedownPod merch. What's next, you ask? Who can say? Better cop a fresh logo shirt now before they're gone!

The Brokedown Podcast is part of the Osiris family. Osiris is creating a community that connects people like you with podcasts and live experiences about artists and topics you love. lots of great stuff lined up for the year ahead, which will include live events, artist interviews, contests, and more. Sign up for the newsletter at OsirisPod.com to stay in the loop.

Don't forget to follow the @BrokedownPod twitter account for regular news, live tweetstorms of shows as I listen, and other minutiae. We also have an Instagram account. If you like pictures of things, you can find that here: BrokedownPod Instagram. Also, if you use iTunes, please consider posting a review as it really help get the word out.

Listen via iTunesGooglePlayStitcher, or in the player below.




Monday, January 21, 2019

036 - Steven Graves

Greetings, Dead Freaks! This episode features an interview with singer/songwriter Steven Graves. We discuss his new album How Long, the role music plays in our lives and world, and his relationship with the music of the Grateful Dead. We then play a bit of the new record and a special request of a Jerry Garcia Band song. After that, a set of good old Grateful Dead.

You can learn more about Steven Graves at his website www.stevengravesmusic.com. There you can grab his albums, check tourdates and more. Check it out!

As mentioned on the show (for a change), you can still grab t-shirts, mugs (travel & otherwise), and stickers over on the Redbubble site.

Let me remind you that the Brokedown Podcast is part of the Osiris Podcast Network. Osiris is creating a community that connects people like you with podcasts and live experiences about artists and topics you love. Sign up for the newsletter at OsirisPod.com to stay in the loop.


Don't forget to follow the @BrokedownPod twitter account for regular news, live tweetstorms of shows as I listen, and other minutiae. We also have an Instagram account with the same handle. If you like pictures of things, you can find that here: BrokedownPod Instagram. Also, if you use iTunes, please consider posting a review as it really help get the word out.

Also, please keep sending your metaphorical cards and letters. Leave a comment on the blog or hit me up on any of the above social media. Let me know what I'm doing right, wrong, or horribly wrong.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

035 - Winter Tour '79 pt. 1

It's 2019 and my Grateful Dead calendar puts us exactly 40 years out from the final tour with Keith and Donna. In this episode we take the first half of that tour into consideration and spin some jams hot enough to defrost your microbus. So stand up or sit down and enjoy.

We've got a bunch of stuff lined up for this upcoming year so please tell your friends, to get on the bus and subscribe so they don't miss a thing!

If the holidays have passed you by and you still didn't get that killer shirt from or for your loved one, Brokedown Podcast t-shirts are still available on our redbubble page. Please consider heading over there to cop a little something. In addition to ladies and men’s shirts, we've got stickers, and things that hold coffee (or tea!) Thanks.

The Brokedown Podcast is part of the Osiris network. Osiris is creating a community that connects people like you with podcasts and live experiences about artists and topics you love. We'll be doing many live events this Summer around the country, which will include artist interviews, contests, and more. Sign up for the newsletter at OsirisPod.com to stay in the loop.

Don't forget to follow the @BrokedownPod twitter account for regular news, live tweetstorms of shows as I listen, and other minutiae. We also have an Instagram account. If you like pictures of things, you can find that here: BrokedownPod Instagram. Also, if you use iTunes, please consider posting a review as it really help get the word out.

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